Admiral William S. Benson, Chief of Naval Operations, to Vice Admiral William S. Sims, Commander, United States Naval Forces Operating in European Waters
CABLEGRAM RECEIVED Oct. 30, 1917
Origin: Opnav Washington Serial No. Opnav 889
Via: NCB 18 ABD Date No. 13029
Copies to: File No. 55-4-1
Action referred to:
C/ of S.
Opnav 889. SECRET. Commission of highest importance sailing on U.S.S. HUNTINGDON and U.S.S. ST. LOUIS principal personnel one of ambassadorial rank, one flag officer, one general, five assistant secretaries Executive Department; complete list of names and all necessary information in another cable. Provide adequate escort.
Am on commission and wish to be in closest personnel touch with you. To that end desire that you and your staff constitute yourselves virtually members of my staff during our stay. Personally earnestly desire minimum social entertainments, Acknowledge/ 13029.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.